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The Discipline Coach
If You're Thinking Discipline is Keeping Them in Check, Sorting Them Out, Showing Them What's Good for Them, Because It's for Their Own Good, Because It's What the Youth of Today are So Sorely Lacking... You've Got the Wrong Book
Jim Roberson sees school as the place where you learn everything you need to succeed in life. Most importantly you have to learn discipline. That is to say 'self discipline'. For Jim, behaviour is the 'B-word' and is forbidden! Discipline, on the other hand, is neatly described not as something others do to you to get you to behave nor even as something you do to yourself, but rather as 'what you do for yourself'. Jim advocates a partnership between children and school. The school commits to teach children everything they need to succeed in and beyond school, no matter what career choices they make. In return, children commit to doing 'what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done'.
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The Discipline Coach received a honourable mentions in:
The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Awards - Biography/Autobiography category
The 2013 New England Book Festival Awards - Biography/Autobiography category. The Discipline Coach is a punchy book about redefining discipline as we know it. Jim Roberson - a former American football player who grew up in a housing tenement in the Bronx - believes that school should be the place where you learn all you need to succeed in life, whatever form that success may take. Through quotes, anecdotes and a unique style of writing, Jim Roberson explains that discipline is 'not what you do to yourself or what anyone does to you. It's what you do for yourself.'
What Jim advocates is a partnership between children and schools, whereby schools open up to teaching children everything they will need to prosper at and beyond school, no matter what career or life choices they make. In return, children will start to acquire and then implement the strategies and benefits that come with self-discipline on an ongoing basis. He goes on to provide positive alternatives and clear guidance as to how to put self-discipline into practice in the classroom and in life. Jim writes from experience; he has worked with some of the most challenging young people in the UK and, whether he's working with experienced classroom practitioners, struggling supply teachers, students themselves or even the police, he delivers powerful, practical, common-sense strategies that bring the best out of some of the most demanding and hard-to-reach young people. The book is quirky and holds nothing back but is easy to read, with interesting content that can be used in everyday school life.
Adam Pennington, Learning & Teaching Update February 2013
Jim provides a sensible and non-traditional approach to helping young people understand what they need to know for achieving in life. As a High School educator, dean and head coach of varsity f